Galante Vineyards

Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

8.835 ratings
7.52 pro ratings
Carmel Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Trevor Miller

A nice drinking Monterey Cabernet. This wine is coming into its real drinking window.

A nice drinking Monterey Cabernet. This wine is coming into its real drinking window.

Sep 25th, 2015
Kevin Sidders

President VinConnect

6.2

Horribly corked. Rats! Haven't had a Galante in years and was looking forward to this..,

Horribly corked. Rats! Haven't had a Galante in years and was looking forward to this..,

Feb 25th, 2015
Colin Cahoon

Stewed fruit and burnt caramel on the nose. Raspberry, cooked strawberry, dark cherry, black pepper, black tea, and a hint of leather on the palate. Medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, and a high acid finish that is the highlight of this wine.

Stewed fruit and burnt caramel on the nose. Raspberry, cooked strawberry, dark cherry, black pepper, black tea, and a hint of leather on the palate. Medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, and a high acid finish that is the highlight of this wine.

Sep 17th, 2020
Colin Cahoon

A luscious Bordeaux style cab. I drank this with a friend who grew up in Europe and was a school trained chef. He was blown away with this 1995 vintage, proclaiming it the best California cab he had ever had, reminding him of high end, aged Bordeauxs. The nose is intoxicating and the taste is amazing, smooth and complex. The early 90’s Red Rose Hill cabs are some of the best wine I’ve ever tasted.

A luscious Bordeaux style cab. I drank this with a friend who grew up in Europe and was a school trained chef. He was blown away with this 1995 vintage, proclaiming it the best California cab he had ever had, reminding him of high end, aged Bordeauxs. The nose is intoxicating and the taste is amazing, smooth and complex. The early 90’s Red Rose Hill cabs are some of the best wine I’ve ever tasted.

Sep 16th, 2018
Colin Cahoon

The 2009 is definitely improving with age. The tangy and tart notes are blending better and drifting toward a Bordeaux style. I’ll be curious to see what this vintage does with five more years in the bottle.

The 2009 is definitely improving with age. The tangy and tart notes are blending better and drifting toward a Bordeaux style. I’ll be curious to see what this vintage does with five more years in the bottle.

Sep 16th, 2018
Colin Cahoon

These Red Rose Hill Cabs are so interesting. The older (20 year plus) vintages are beautiful and complex. Later vintages are tangy and fruity tasting more like Pinot Noir than Cabs. This 2008 seems to be transitioning from the latter to the former. Nose is barnyard funk and mulled fruit. There is still some tangy cranberry on the palate, but there is also tobacco, black tea and leather. It loses a little body post middle, but the finish is smokey, chewy and sizzles. This is headed in a Bordeaux direction, and is not a big alcohol California red (12.8%). I️ doubt this wine will hit the perfection of the early 90 vintages, but I’d sure like to try it 10 years from now to see if it ends up there.

These Red Rose Hill Cabs are so interesting. The older (20 year plus) vintages are beautiful and complex. Later vintages are tangy and fruity tasting more like Pinot Noir than Cabs. This 2008 seems to be transitioning from the latter to the former. Nose is barnyard funk and mulled fruit. There is still some tangy cranberry on the palate, but there is also tobacco, black tea and leather. It loses a little body post middle, but the finish is smokey, chewy and sizzles. This is headed in a Bordeaux direction, and is not a big alcohol California red (12.8%). I️ doubt this wine will hit the perfection of the early 90 vintages, but I’d sure like to try it 10 years from now to see if it ends up there.

Nov 5th, 2017
Colin Cahoon

Tangy and tart. This is a bright and light bodied cab with a medium acid finish. Not much tannin and low alcohol. It is quite drinkable, just don't expect your typical CA cab. It matched well with lamb.

Tangy and tart. This is a bright and light bodied cab with a medium acid finish. Not much tannin and low alcohol. It is quite drinkable, just don't expect your typical CA cab. It matched well with lamb.

May 17th, 2017
Colin Cahoon

A light, tangy cab with not much but acid in the finish. Cranberry, leather, and white pepper start, followed by tart and smokey cranberry, but it falls off quick at midpoint. Stemmy aftertaste.

A light, tangy cab with not much but acid in the finish. Cranberry, leather, and white pepper start, followed by tart and smokey cranberry, but it falls off quick at midpoint. Stemmy aftertaste.

Apr 1st, 2017
Colin Cahoon

A light, tangy cab with lots of cranberry. Its strength is in the acid finish.

A light, tangy cab with lots of cranberry. Its strength is in the acid finish.

Jan 12th, 2017
Colin Cahoon

Tangy and bright. Cranberry and tart fruit. A light cab with a little too much stem and not enough tannins. Acid in the finish is adequate but not outstanding.

Tangy and bright. Cranberry and tart fruit. A light cab with a little too much stem and not enough tannins. Acid in the finish is adequate but not outstanding.

Oct 8th, 2016